Just a few thoughts…

Alot of thoughts travel in and out of my mind.

Many of them reach a point of no return, either I completely let it  go or allow it to take root.

Some still float….

Until someone is willing to hear them.

Sometimes I get so excited with passion that they abruptly burst from my tongue without any hesitation. 

I do my best to allow word’s inspired by the Lord to pass my lips…at times they come off so crude and ungodly…

I just want to do the right things for God…to help people…

I want people to see His love…no excuses, yet I am already coming up with some…

My husband and I have undertaken this Financial Peace University journey so that we do money and stewardship His way.

Struggles to keep up with the “American Dream” or what I imagined my life would look like externally sometimes creep up inside of me and its hard to trust His plan. 

Sometimes I wish we could be like everyone else…or at least a lot of people..living life in the moment at any expense…worrying about it later..

I shrug off the self pity and move on.

God has been so true to His word.

I had worked so hard this past summer to shrink down some of my undergraduate loans only to see it all get setback by my new grad school loan. 

About 3 months ago, I prayed about these loans coming out for graduate school. My husband and I were already on a tight budget to tackle our previous debt, but we weren’t as serious with the new debt lingering at my doorstep with a big suitcase and a few of its friends. Debt was planning on staying for awhile in our lives…

God answered me through prayer that we would not have to take out a loan for this upcoming semester. 

Now of course saving enough funds in 3-4months on an already tight budget seemed impossible…

Just earlier this week, we thought we’d have to take out a small loan, and we were at peace with this.

The other day I received a graduate assistantship that would cover some of the costs, leaving the bill for us much easier to pay…

Therefore we will not be needing a loan!

Thank You Lord. Your word is true and Your love is strong…

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight

 

My thoughts?

At this moment, Psalm 47

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 Clap your hands, all you nations;
    shout to God with cries of joy.

2 For the Lord Most High is awesome,
    the great King over all the earth.
3 He subdued nations under us,
    peoples under our feet.
4 He chose our inheritance for us,
    the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.[b]

5 God has ascended amid shouts of joy,
    the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises;
    sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth;
    sing to him a psalm of praise.

8 God reigns over the nations;
    God is seated on his holy throne.
9 The nobles of the nations assemble
    as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings[c] of the earth belong to God;
    he is greatly exalted.

Thus far we have been so blessed by both our families and a multitude of friends who have given us so much in ways of love and encouragement . Thank you. Thank You Lord for placing such amazing people in our lives!

God bless,

-The Foodie ❤

Christmas Cupboard Brownies

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Happy new year!!

A brand new fresh start…

A whole year of new adventures just aching at our fingertips to pounce!

It also means a ton of leftover Christmas decadence.

Just when you thought you guzzled down the last cookie, you open your fridge only to find 3 more containers of Kris Kringle’s cheer.

I keep promising myself just one more cookie, one more piece of chocolate  and then I will get back to my healthy habits, but the goodies just seem to be never-ending.

How do you end the Christmas indulgence season without spending an afternoon shoveling handfuls of treats into your mouth?

Well I decided to take some of my leftovers and throw them into one delicious hunk of brownies for my brother in law’s sibling game night.

 

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I also didn’t want to use up all of my flour..

So I found Martha Stewart’s Triple-Chocolate Flourless Brownies

I modified this recipe to fit my needs, but feel free to check out the original!

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Christmas Cupboard Brownies

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp  salt
  • 1/2 cup  butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups leftover Christmas chocolate candy
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of crushed Christmas cookies (any kind you want!)
  • 1 1/2 cups of pretzel m&ms

*Yields about 16 brownies

1. Preheat the oven to 350.

2. Take the crushed Christmas cookies and place them into a greased/sprayed 8×8 baking dish.  Set aside.

3. Combine cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

4.  Cut up butter into small pieces. Place into a glass or other heat proof bowl. Add sugar and Christmas chocolate candy. I used a big bar of milk chocolate

5. Place glass bowl with ingredients over a pot of simmering water on a stove set on Low-Medium heat. Stir continuously until melted and smooth.

6. Once melted remove glass bowl from heat. Stir in the eggs, egg white, water, and vanilla.

7. After it is well combined add the cocoa powder mixture. Stir until smooth. Then add in the pretzel m&ms.

8. Pour the batter into the 8×8 baking dish. Bake for 40-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

 

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These will help clean out your Christmas goodies quickly.

 

1 Peter 4:10

New International Version (NIV)

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

 

 

Enjoy!

-The Foodie